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Foundations of Yoga Therapy Teacher Training - Fall 2018: Weekend Track

Our Foundations of Yoga Therapy 200-hour training program is designed for aspiring classroom yoga teachers, current health-care professionals, and future yoga therapists. This program focuses primarily on the therapeutic applications of classical asana, and on adapting yoga for the individual, whether in a public class setting or in private yoga consultations. In this course, you will learn yoga’s most effective practices for stress-relief, including pranayama (breathing practices) and meditation, as well as how to integrate all of the teachings and tools of yoga towards optimal health and wellness of the body, mind and spirit.

This program provides exceptional preparation for students who want to pursue a career in yoga therapy. With the creation of our extensive, IAYT-accredited Yoga Therapy training program and innovative Yoga Therapy Clinic, Yoga Yoga has positioned itself as a leader in the exciting, rapidly-expanding world of yoga therapy. We invite you to join us in changing the health of the world, one yoga student at a time.




  • In-depth study of yoga asana from a therapeutic perspective, including: Sanskrit names, proper alignment, and benefits.

  • Foundations of both Western and yogic anatomy.

  • Introduction to yogic philosophy and literature.

  • Pranayama and meditation basics for your practice and teaching.

  • Practice teaching to build confidence and develop your authentic voice.

  • Effective language and classroom management skills.

  • Skills and special considerations for teaching private yoga students.

  • Introduction to specialized, adaptive teaching modalities, including: Chair Yoga, Gentle Yoga, Yoga for Seniors and Restorative Yoga.

  • Ethics and business principles to help you build your career as a yoga teacher.

  • Teach private students as well as public yoga classes authentically and confidently.

  • Create a welcoming class environment for a wide variety of students.

  • Design safe and creative class sequences.

  • Offer adaptation, variations & modification of asana to address different students’ needs.

  • Read students’ bodies and apply anatomical principles to offer effective hands-on adjustments.

  • Develop stress-management tools for yourself and your students.


Students should be at least 18 years old, and have a high school degree or its equivalent.


  • Become a nationally Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200) through Yoga Alliance®

  • Teach therapeutic Hatha yoga classes in a variety of environments, such as yoga studios, gyms or corporate settings.

  • Register for 500-hour Advanced Courses and specialize in a variety of styles including Yin, Restorative, Prenatal, Children, Vinyasa, and more.

  • Become a yoga therapist by enrolling in our Yoga Therapy program.



Clarissa, RYT 500 and Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist, began her Yoga studies at Yoga Yoga in 2002. She received her 500 hour certification at Yoga Yoga in 2009 and her Yoga Therapy certification with Gary Kraftsow and the American Viniyoga Institute in 2013. Clarissa continues to deepen her studies in Ayurvedic medicine with Dr. Vasant Lad at The Ayurvedic Institute in New Mexico. Clarissa approaches her Yoga practice in a holistic way and encourages her students to do the same. Deepening Self awareness and understanding our practice will meet us where we are at any stage of life. What we learn on the mat integrates into our daily lives. Therefore, with dedication to practice, willingness to explore the unknown, and patience with the process we can maintain a healthy balance in all areas of life.

Faculty & Community

When you join the Yoga Yoga family, you will experience deep transformation in a supportive community of dedicated yoga practitioners and teachers. From enrollment to graduation, you will benefit from the attention and guidance of a tenured Lead Teacher, supplemented by contributions from our faculty experts in the fields of anatomy and research, physical therapy, Ayurveda, kinesiology, psychology, literature and language, and education.


This training meets over 15 weekends during an 8-month period at Yoga Yoga Northwest. Classes meet on Saturdays and Sundays from 12pm-6pm.

October 20 & 21, 2018

November 3 & 4

November 17 & 18

December 1 & 2

December 15 & 16

January 5 & 6, 2019

January 19 & 20

February 2 & 3

February 16 & 17

March 2 & 3

March 23 & 24

April 6 & 7

April 13 & 14

April 27 &  28

May 18 & 19


next steps

Step 1: Request more information about the courses and styles you are interested in by completing our online interest form.

Step 2: Contact our Admissions Department at (512) 326-2273 or to connect with an Admissions Counselor.

Step 3: Attend a Teacher Training Info Session - view upcoming dates and RSVP with our online form.

Our Admissions Counselors, also highly-skilled yoga teachers, are available to answer all of your questions and concerns as you make this life-changing decision. From helping you find the right program to assisting you with payment options, these caring professionals will support you every step of the way.